Common Foot & Ankle Problems
On this page we have listed some basic information for a few of the most common foot & ankle problems that many patients have. For a more complete list of foot & ankle problems we provide treatment for please Click Here.
Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)
Onychomycosis or nail fungus means fungal infection of the nail. The prevalence of onychomycosis is about 6-8% in the adult population. These infections are underneath the surface of the nail and may
also penetrate the nail. Symptoms can include discoloration, brittleness, loosening, thickening, or crumbling of the nail. In the past conventional treatments have included Oral & Topical Prescriptions which have not provided consistent effective treatment results and/or have negative side effects. Recently the FDA has approved a new highly effective Laser Treatment for nail fungus.
Dr Dickerson is one of the only doctors in Utah to provide the New FDA Approved Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus please Click Here for more information.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia (thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot). It can be caused by overuse of the plantar fascia, arch problems, obesity, poor shoe quality, and other factors. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, aching, and/or burning in the bottom of the heel. These symptoms are usually worse first thing in the morning, after standing or sitting for a while, or after intense activity. In the past conventional treatments have included Anti-inflammatory and pain medicines, rest, applying ice, and changes in shoe gear. Recently a new procedure has been developed to provide quick and lasting pain relief. Click Here to learn more about this new Treatment Option for Heel Pain.
This new procedure is the Tenex FAST Procedure. It is a simple, quick, and effective treatment option for Plantar Fasciitis that provides Fast results.
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Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
A Bunion is a deformity where the big toe points toward the other toes and the outside of the foot. This causes a bump to appear on the inside of the foot near your big toe. Bunions are more common in women, can be partially due to genetics, and are mostly caused by wearing narrow toed and/or high healed shows. Treatment for bunions range from conservative methods such as changing shoe gear and using orthotics which can provide some pain relief to corrective surgery depending on the severity of the bunion.
Dr Dickerson has years of experience treating bunions by specific treatment methods for each patient’s needs. He also participates in a research program where participates that do require surgery may receive surgery at little or no cost. Click Here for more information.
Hammer toes are a deformity of the PIP joint that causes the smaller toes to be permanently bent, resembling a hammer. The most common cause of hammer toes are poor fitting shoes where the toe is forced into a bent position. Dr Dickerson has years of experience treating hammer toes and can provide specific treatment options for all levels of hammer toe deformity.